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Sleep, Health and SocietyFrom Aetiology to Public Health$
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Francesco P. Cappuccio, Michelle A. Miller, and Steven W. Lockley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566594.001.0001

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The sociology of sleep

The sociology of sleep

(p.275) Chapter 13 The sociology of sleep
Sleep, Health and Society

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The chapter outlines various strands of recent sociological work on sleep and society pertinent to sleep epidemiology and public health. Key issues covered include methodological matters concerning the meaning and measurement of sleep in everyday life, questions of sleep, risk and social change, cultures of sleeping, sleep across the life course (with particular reference to gender and ageing), sleep and worry, and the relationship between socio-economic status (SES). It shows that sleep occurs in a social context and is influenced by numerous social factors across the life course as well as by transitions such as marriage/co-habitation, parenthood, caregiving, and widowhood. A relational or dyadic focus on couples' sleep is also called for given that sleeping together is the norm in adult life. The social dimensions and dynamics of sleep are critical public health and safety issues which demand far greater attention in terms of policy and practice.

Keywords:   social change, life course, gender and ageing, socio-economic status, worry

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